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David

Canberra, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (303)

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "Good Fun Story, but BAD narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Libriomancer the most enjoyable?

    The story was good fun, the world is interesting, the characters desires to be a researcher, are illustrated nicely.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of Libriomancy


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Eslick?

    ANYONE.

    The narrator mis-pronounces words constantly, and that tends to push me out of the story anyway, but he can't even pronounce the heros's name correctly, which of course gets said every couple of minutes.

    Maybe it's the narrators fault, but the producer, or someone else should have caught the pronounciation.

    Some of the mis-pronounciation must have been due to a bad script, how he could have said Kevlar as 'Kelvlar', I wouldn't know. He prounounced Copernicus as 'Copperknockus' - twice.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'd genuinely avoid listening to any other books narrated by this guy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Skylark of Space: Skylark Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E. E. "Doc" Smith
    • Narrated By Reed McColm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Brilliant government scientist Richard Seaton discovers a remarkable faster-than-light fuel that will power his interstellar spaceship, The Skylark. His ruthless rival, Marc DuQuesne, and the sinister World Steel Corporation will do anything to get their hands on the fuel. They kidnap Seaton's fiancée and friends, unleashing a furious pursuit and igniting a burning desire for revenge that will propel The Skylark across the galaxy and back.

    Madge says: "Space Operas - Good Story telling!"
    "Disappointed - It's actually an abrdiged version"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Skylark of Space? What did you like least?

    I've always liked the story, it's fun. It helped define Space Opera.

    What I didn't like was being told it was an Unabridged version, and then when I compare it to the Kindle version, find bug chunks of text missing.


    What about Reed McColm’s performance did you like?

    A good performance, captured the feel of the times quite well.


    Was The Skylark of Space worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It's Abriged, not unabridged as advertised.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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